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I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
-- Frederick Douglass


Saturday, March 7, 1998

Be beautiful

Nothing stirs the spirit in quite the same way as beauty. There is something inside of us which resonates with productive, joyful energy in the presence of beauty.

Beauty is difficult to define, yet easy to recognize. It can exist on a grand scale, and in the smallest detail. Beauty is a mountain peak, the smiling eyes of a child, the intricate workings of a powerful machine, a musical passage, elegantly designed software, a convincing idea. Beauty compels and inspires like nothing else.

What do you do that’s beautiful? You don’t have to be a painter or a poet to create beauty. You don’t have to be a supermodel to be beautiful. Anything undertaken with passion and commitment can produce beauty. The greatest, most celebrated achievements are always beautiful in their own unique way.

Be the best that you can be. In your work, your play, your world, your life, be beautiful.

— Ralph Marston

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